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Proposed Blasting for Housing Development Concerns Belmont Neighbors

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People are worried that the blasting could damage older homes People are worried that the blasting could damage older homes
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Some people in Charlottesville's Belmont-Carlton neighborhood are concerned about proposed blasting for a development on Quarry Road.

Charlottesville’s fire marshal's office is reviewing a developer's application for a blasting permit for Belmont Point to help develop the rocky terrain.

Some neighbors say they fear the blasting will damage older homes in the area, citing results from what similar blasting did to homes near the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport back in 2013.

"You obviously want to make sure that the blast is controlled, and that the debris is staying within a safe zone around the exact site,” says Brian Wheeler, Charlottesville’s spokesperson. “I think that’s the primary concern."

The city says anyone who lives in this area will have the opportunity to get his or her property photographed and documented as part of the pre-application process.


Press Release from the City of Charlottesville:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The City has received an application for a blasting permit at an active construction site on Quarry Road, better known as Belmont Point or Stonehenge PUD.

The development site is adjacent to the eastern end of Stonehenge Avenue and abuts houses in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Druid Avenue.

The Fire Marshall’s Office in the City Fire Department is responsible for reviewing blasting permits. City officials are working on this project with public safety as the most important concern for all involved.

If the proposed blasting were to be approved, it would be done in accordance with all applicable regulations; however, no decision on the permit application has been made at this time.

According to state fire code regulations, residents adjacent to the site where the blasting has been proposed to occur should already have been contacted by a seismic survey company regarding a pre-blast survey of their residences. This offer is required by the Fire Code.

The City urges residents to take advantage of this service, and to photographically document the condition of their homes independently as well.

The City will provide additional information when it is available.

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